Mr Dikaios Sakellariou
My research interests revolve around social and occupational justice, community based rehabilitation, sexuality and disability and living with continued illness.
1. Social and occupational justice
My ongoing interest in social and occupational justice has led to three publications.
- Politics of occupation-centred practice
- A political practice of occupational therapy
- Occupational therapies without borders
Furthermore, recently secured funding from the Daiwa Anglo Japanese Foundation and from the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation has enabled me to forge links with colleagues in several universities in Japan, exploring issues of social and occupational justice.
In May 2011 I travelled to Hokkaido to facilitate several sessions focussing on occupational justice and social determinants of health, (See Link I and Link II ) while I am currently working with anthropology colleagues on a summer school on occupational justice and its links with the environment.
2. Sexuality and disability
From September 2003 until December 2004 I conducted a phenomenological study on perceptions of sexuality among men with spinal cord injury. This led to several publications that have appeared in Sexuality and Disability , the American and the British Journals of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy .
3. Community based rehabilitation
From January 2005 until the final conclusion of the survey in May 2006 I acted as the coordinator of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists ’ project Data collection about occupational therapists involved in Community Based Rehabilitation. A strong point of this survey is that it provided information useful for developing role emerging fieldwork opportunities. The results of this survey were widely published in peer reviewed journals such as Disability and Rehabilitation , the Asia Pacific Journal of Disability and Rehabilitation and the British Journal of Occupational Therapy.
4. Living with continued illness.
In my doctoral studies I explore how people make sense of living with continued illness. At the centre of healthcare practices lies the intention to do something that is perceived as a good. However what is good from the perspective of the persons living with an illness cannot be defined a priori, but only within the context of their life. The literature suggests that service users and service providers make sense of living with illness in different ways and there is a gap between the biomedical knowledge on the disease process and the experience of individuals themselves and their informal carers. Through this study I seek to generate and collect data that will be synthesised into stories/narratives. Rather than looking for common themes in the various narratives, the study will focus on illuminating unique experiences, and how they are lived and told within the socio-political context.